10,000 trees planted by LRFF in 2009
On Friday, the 27th of November we planted a 2½ hectare biological corridor on the property of David Alvarez in Aguacate de Tilaran, Costa Rica. The story with photos begins on Wednesday the 25th.
Bright and early Wednesday morning the eleven-man crew left LRFF headquarters to dig the holes for the tree planting on Friday. While they were digging the holes all of the seedlings were being transported to the site by small trucks from the La Reserva seedling nursery. When the trucks arrived at the base camp of the planting area a team of oxen, led by Mario of Aguacate, were waiting to transport the seedlings ½ kilometer further up the hill.
The crew put in a long day and didn’t return to headquarters until after 5 pm, but they finished all of the hauling and digging that day. They even carried the trees to the holes and placed them beside each. It was a beautiful day, bright and warm.
David’s property is at a much higher elevation than La Reserva, up in the very humid rainforest zone. On Friday the 27th some of the crew didn’t show up for one reason or another and so we were left with just five workers plus we volunteers, Daniel, Eduardo Gomez, Rusty Holzheimer and me.
The day dawned, dark, cold, rainy and windy. We all make sure we had our raingear and warm clothing. I even poured the rest of the coffee into the thermos, just in case.
We arrived at the site before 7 am and started planting. Oh, it was terrible. It was so foggy, windy and rainy that you couldn't see another person in the field nearby. But we still worked in the wave formation with Daniel and me bringing up the rear doing quality control. Around midday the weather cleared enough to make out a few more volunteers who showed up to help, but the truth be told, I don’t blame any other volunteers for not coming. It was a good day to stay in and read by a fire. Anyway our faithful Michele Glenn (LRFF secretary) and her husband Tim Johnson came to plant along with Sue and Brendan of Aguacate. They had to tread a very muddy road to get up to us. Thank you all, we will never forget the help you gave that day.
They left to go for lunch and the rest of us took a break up on the hill for lunch. Oh, we were so wet and cold with no shelter. It was a life-saver to have that thermos of coffee!!
After lunch we went out to finish planting the final section. All 2500 trees were planted by 3 pm with still about 300 holes yet to fill. We slipped and slid our way back down to the base camp and celebrated the accomplishment of planting over 10,000 native forest trees in the year 2009.
Today, December 2, 2009 the crew is back at David’s planting the remaining 300 trees and building the fence to keep the cattle out.
This project has been fully funded thanks to all of you and your great generosity. It will remain on the Global Giving website indefinitely so that I can continue to keep you up to date on what the corridor looks like.
Keeping you informed of your donations value is a founding tenet of the La Reserva Forest Foundation. It is of utmost importance for you to know that your donations are being used for the purpose you gave them.
Enjoy the photos and keep giving us your support because this……..
KEEPS US PLANTING!!!!!
The oxen hauling the seedlings
The LRFF wave planting in a clear spot